The main reasons why emerging conflict is not covered, and why huge wars routinely go unreported, misreported, or under-reported in America, are:
1) American mass media coverage is profit-driven and motivated primarily by advertising rates rather than by public service goals or ideals. In fear of conflicted advertiser interests, many news corporations avoid coverage that could upset either the advertising company or its target audience;
2) American mass media is event-driven, post facto, and simplified to the point where coverage of events very often obscures our understanding of the world instead of clarifying it;
3) American companies are significantly more interested in talking about the news rather than doing anything about it. As such, they will often avoid meaningful discussions of applicable solutions to violence and crises. They generally do not recruit from or speak with activist or volunteer organizations, and prefer seasoned journalists to seasoned diplomats.
4) American mass media is so removed from the feelings of human loss definitive of conflict that it fails to accurately portray conflict in any regard, which does not allow for an audience's understanding of world events, and
5) Consequent of all the above, American coverage is biased in favor of pre-humanized parties and overwhelmingly fails to rationalize the actions of outside actors in a manner conducive to understanding, peace, or diplomacy.
We have studied these issues and have made those studies our professions. After having come up with a list of specific operational solutions to the abovementioned problems, we are now coming together to found a nonprofit media organization capable of overcoming all of these drawbacks.
As a result of these mainstream media failures, Americans at large do not know what is happening in the world. It is not that they are uninterested— it is, instead, that the news channels they turn to structurally and reliably ignore important world events, avoid complex discussions, and ignore news that is "out of fashion". Even when they are able to bypass advertiser interest and trendy coverage, or when commercial interest is not concerned, they devote so surficial a level of coverage, and deliver that news in such a biased way by relying on pre-existing schemae, scripts, sources, and vocabulary, as to make the news inactionable and non-meaningful in any case. We believe in hard, proactive, actionable world news. No source relationship, no government relationship, and no advertiser relationship is worth jeopardizing the quality of world news content. Such content does not currently exist for the huge majority of Americans, and we want to provide it. That is the central premise and aim of our organization.
For more information or the empirical data used to arrive at these claims, please contact Matthew at MRB@WorldReportNews.com
THE WORLD REPORT NEWS SOLUTION
WE PLEDGE TO
1) Remove the influence of advertiser interests by incorporating as a nonprofit and advertising only as much as grantors require; Grantors will be in the sector of peace, media, and conflict prevention so as to ensure solidarity in the mission and its execution, thus preventing advertiser interest from blocking coverage of world events in any and all levels of the company even should large advertising campaigns be necessary per the terms of the grant(s).
2) Cover stories proactively, rather than reactively, so that English-speaking internationals, English-speaking countries around the world, and Americans have access to important news on time rather than too late; this means that emerging conflicts and root causes of conflict in emergent stages will be covered with the aim of conflict prevention and, as often as possible, in pre-conflict stages, rather than only covering already-developed conflicts. WRN will recruit actively from every at-risk country and territory.
3) Run more substantial coverage than American mass media; coverage will begin pre-conflict and will continue through post-resolution and transitional periods rather than allowing gaps in coverage to emerge, with the belief that those gaps give a false sense of how things progress on the ground.
4) Humanize and rationalize all subjects covered so as to understand the points of contention that lead to war, and to guarantee that our agency is never responsible for the propaganda or dehumanization that primes societies to commit or ignore violence; Actively fight against dehumanizing media by using humanization and rationalization and by never providing misleading, obscure, dismissive, or surficial explanations for conflict when valid alternative rationales are present; Stress the human gravity and importance of actions undertaken in war and peace affairs to lend clarity when it comes to evaluating consequences of action and reforming plans of action for the future.
5) Engage and empower readers by including information on how they can act in a situation where their action cannot do or has an incredibly low chance of doing harm (natural disaster relief, refugee relief, economic peace stabilization investments, etc.)
6) Constantly seek feedback from involved citizens around the world to make sure our version of the news is as accurate and as representative of their worldview as possible.
7) Expand our partners' and affiliates' capabilities on the ground by providing them with immediate access to our company's audience. We will issue in-depth news and reports regarding their operations with the aim of gathering momentum behind the conflict prevention/resolution mission. We understand that many of our sources are the organizations and the individuals who have committed themselves and their companies to peace, and we have a genuine interest in broadcasting that commitment to the world with the belief that doing so enables peace and dissuades conflict.